I'll just say that Satan obtained permission from the Lord to sift my wife and me.
No, he didn't cause the sickness, but what he did during the trial offered us a great temptation to curse God as Job's wife and friends encouraged him to. There were demonic manifestations throughout my own trial that I didn't understand and in my broken-down mental condition could not resist. If I told you, you wouldn't believe it.
One day I turned to Carolyn in one of the lowest moments of her own trial, when she was in excruciating pain and had to be rushed yet again to the emergency room, and in frustration I asked her, "Why are we serving the Lord?"
God is using the political upheaval and economic and societal pressures to purge His church from friendship and adultery with the world. He is sifting our motives to prepare us for what lies ahead. We are in a serious time of judging ourselves. Stop playing church, Christian! Stop your love affair with the world. Stop serving yourself.
Are you serving God for the loaves and fishes? Do you only follow Him when things go well and smoothly in your life? How is your attitude when you don't understand the what and why of your circumstances?
We don't fear death anymore, so what can the devil possibly do to us? Kill us and send us right into the presence of the Lord forever? He's got nothing! He's been stripped of all his power over us. You see, friends, it's in the dying to ourselves that we truly live.
What is this pandemic? I spit in its face.
What is COVID to us? I'm not being insensitive to anyone who has suffered or died from it. If they were followers of Jesus, they are now with the Lord. I don't feel sorry for them. Are you kidding me? They wouldn't return to the earth even if they could. It's far better to be with the Lord; that's the Bible, folks.
This is the motto by which we must live by in these last days: Live free or die. Or probably better said, die and live free.